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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States
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Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation practice.


John P. Barry is Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation practice. A seasoned first-chair trial lawyer and trusted board and management advisor with nearly 30 years of experience, John advises clients in connection with complex discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower complaints, corporate and regulatory investigations, and restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, including those involving non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, non-disclosure, clawback, and other remedial provisions. He has handled these issues in almost all 50 states and internationally. John represents companies across the industry spectrum, including financial services, private equity, hedge funds, alternative asset management funds, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, and technology.


Harvard University (B.A., cum laude); Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

The multi-faceted team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has capabilities across employment, commercial litigation, patent litigation, technology, & IP, allowing it to advise on the full array of related trade secret matters, including litigation in a number of key states. The firm is noted for its strong tech focus, with standout work in the space for key clients such as Apollo Management. John Barry and Gary Friedman, who both work at the New York office, co-head the team alongside Dallas-based Paul Genender, Silicon Valley’s Bambo Obaro, who has expertise in employee mobility-related trade secret work often international in nature, and Boston-based Patrick O’TooleCeline Chan has significant expertise in employment-oriented work and restricted covenant matters. New York-based litigation partner Nicholas Pappas departed in October 2022.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions)

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John Barry – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is based in New York and headed by John Barry, a first-chair trial lawyer with extensive experience advising companies on trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. The team are adept representing in class action litigation, trade secret issues, restrictive covenants, discrimination claims, and wage and hour cases. Recent work included a successful injunction on behalf of client Ascential in a trade secrets dispute. Gary Friedman is another notable name in New York for his experience in class actions, restrictive covenant disputes, and internal investigations. Nicholas Pappas departed the firm in October 2022. Counsel Ami Zweig departed in September 2022.

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

The New York-based employment litigation practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides expertise to a range of clients including employers, boards, committees, directors and executives. The practice is well-versed in sensitive internal investigations, internal employment compliance audits, large-scale workforce reductions and executive terminations. This is combined with experience in personnel policies which help businesses to take preventative measures on matters such as whistleblower claims, employee performance and harassment. John Barry leads the team and regularly assists clients with crisis situations involving executive onboarding, departures, misconduct and claims of discrimination. Gary Friedman helps to navigate companies through litigation, investigations and transactional matters.